Peter Schmeichel has identified the five leaders in the Manchester United dressing room but criticised them for not “stepping up” in the defeat to Arsenal.
The Red Devils were rudderless throughout the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford during which the Gunners ended their 14-year run without a win at the ground.
The performance led pundits including Roy Keane to criticise the lack of leaders in United’s squad.
The Irishman told Sky Sports : “When things aren’t going your way, that’s when you look at your leaders.
“I don’t see any leaders out there. Right through the whole team, from the experienced players.”
But Schmeichel insists United have five players capable of spurring the team on, though he admits none of them grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck against Arsenal.
The former United goalkeeper told beIN Sports : “We played in a time when everyone was a leader. That has all changed. You don’t see as many of those types of people any more.
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“But I think [Bruno] Fernandes looks like a leader. Harry [Maguire] is a leader. Of course he’s a bit hurt from what he experienced over the summer.
“I know David [de Gea] doesn’t look like it, but he’s a leader as well. I think from what we saw today as well that it’s quite evident that [Victor] Lindelof is a leader.
“I was in Paris for the game against PSG and watching that game up close with no crowd, you can hear people.
“[Marcus] Rashford talks a lot. Marcus came through the academy and he’s a young player. But he’s challenged the Prime Minister, his petition has got more than 1 million signatures. He’s a leader.
“So I’m not saying Manchester United don’t have any leaders, but today they didn’t step up.”
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